The Curious Savage On Stage At Kingsburg High

May 4, 2013 | 2013 Articles, Arts & Entertainment, Education, Teens

by Cheyenne Crawford

The Kingsburg High School Theater Company presents the heartwarming comedy The Curious Savage, written by John Patrick and directed by Laura Vallenari and Richard Mynderup.

This play is about a woman named Ethel Savage who has been left ten million dollars by her late husband. Her grown-up stepchildren have been trying to get their greedy hands on the money ever since it came into her possession. They commit her to a mental hospital called The Cloisters in the hopes of retrieving the money. In the hospital, Mrs. Savage is introduced to a group of endearing and comical mental patients who teach her that not everything is as it seems. One character, named Fairy May, teaches her the importance of inner beauty. Jeff and Mrs. Willie teach her that love can overcome any obstacle and Mrs. Paddy teaches Mrs. Savage how powerful words can be. Hannibal gives her a new appreciation of music and Florence is the perfect example of the never-ending love of a mother.


Mrs. Savage’s selfish stepchildren will do anything to get the money from their mother, but will Mrs. Savage be able to outsmart them and keep her money with the help of her new friends? By the end of the play, the audience is left wondering who the crazy ones really are—the residents of “the Cloisters” or her own conniving stepchildren.

This play is primarily a comedy, but not of the slapstick variety. The patients are not lunatics and the laughs are not cheap. These patients are warm and endearing in all of their quirkiness. By contrast, the Savage children live up to their name…they are savage and callous in their treatment of and attitude towards their mother.

Through a series of touching encounters and comical blunders, the residents of the Cloisters teach Mrs. Savage that kindness and affection have not been lost in a world that seems driven by greed and dishonesty.

The show runs May 6-11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kingsburg High School Little Theater. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Doors Open 1/2 hour before each show. Call (559) 897-5156 for more information

Cheyenne Crawford is a 12th Grade student at Kingsburg High School.


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